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Car accident claims the life of a Newton County father

The holidays can be an enjoyable time for families. However, a car accident can quickly change that. Recently, a man from Newton County was killed in a car accident. He and his wife were driving their children to the mall to see Santa Claus. Families victimized by the recklessness of another driver should be aware of the laws meant to protect them.

The man's wife, 35, was driving north on Timothy Road in Athens when she pulled out in front of an oncoming Jeep. According to police, she never saw the Jeep coming. They suspect her vision may have been obstructed by a car in the southbound turn lane. She and the couple's two sons, ages 5 and 7, were treated for injuries at Athens Regional Medical Center. The father was 37.

The driver of the Jeep was a 16-year-old student attending Oconee County High School. He was heading home after volunteering with a youth group and leaving his job at a nursing home.

While police were continuing to investigate the incident, a spokesperson said that charges were not expected.

Car accidents can be life-altering to those involved. Laws are designed to give those injured in such an accident through no fault of their own a way to seek compensation for their losses. Anyone injured in an accident caused by another driver's negligence should be aware of how the law can help them in their situation.

Source: Online Athens, "Newton County man dies in Athens wreck taking sons to see Santa," Joe Johnson, Dec. 4, 2012

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